In the history of the American musical, few works have excited as much interest and admiration, and won as many awards, as the latest Broadway phenomenon - Rent. The work of the late Jonathan Larson, Rent debuted on February 13, 1996, at the New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW), and has gone on to win more than 19 awards - and make history. By the time it opened on Broadway, it had won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. A month later, it won four Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Sadly, the man who made the musical is not around to see the amazing success of Rent. Larson died suddenly of an aortic aneurysm only hours after the NYTW production's final dress rehearsal. He was only 35. Based on the popular opera La Boheme, Rent is a passionate and poignant story woven around people of diverse cultures, economic status, and sexual orientation. The musical celebrates friendship and survival, love and life. Larson's work is a tribute to struggling artists, rebels, outsiders, and bohemians. His genius was his ability to touch different kinds of people with his lyrics, his story and his music. The album of the musical, with the original Broadway cast, runs the gamut from rock anthems and ballads to R&B and gospel, from traditional Broadway show tunes to tango. Highlights include the gospel-inflected Season Of Love, the tender ballads One Song Glory, Light My Cradle, I'll Cover You and Without You, and the R&B Take Me Or Leave Me. A re-make of Stevie Wonder's Season Of Love is a bonus track. Rent is also the first Broadway album from DreamWorks, the new company formed by entertainment industry veterans Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.